The Facts About Bruxism

Apr 17th, 2012 | By | Category: General Dentistry, More dental news

bruxismDoes your spouse complain about the strange noises you make with your teeth when you sleep? Do you wake up with achy teeth and jaws? Are your teeth showing signs of abnormal wear? If so, you probably suffer from bruxism, a condition that many people do not even know they have. Here are the facts about bruxism, including its effects on your oral health and how it can be treated.

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition that is characterized by a continual grinding and clenching of the teeth. As many people do it in their sleep, they often are not aware of the problem until a loved one points it out to them. Some people even habitually clench their teeth while awake and don’t realize they are doing it. While occasional teeth clenching during times of stress is usually harmless, doing so on a regular basis can cause many health problems.

How can bruxism harm my oral health?

Chronic grinding of the teeth can cause your teeth to wear down, chip, or crack. Bruxism can also affect your jaws, leading to or worsening TMJ dysfunction. The grinding down of your teeth can also change your facial appearance, as worn-down teeth shorten the space between your nose and chin, causing sags, wrinkles, and jowls to form around your mouth.

How is bruxism treated?

You should first focus on preventing bruxism by eliminating the use of substances that cause you to grind your teeth, including excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol. In addition, avoid chewing gum, pen caps, or your fingernails, as these activities cause you to clench your jaw muscles. Dr. Moiceanu can also fit you with a protective mouthguard to wear at night that will prevent you from grinding and clenching and also protect your teeth from further damage. To correct tooth damage caused by bruxism, he can build up the structure of broken or worn-down teeth with porcelain crowns or veneers to restore their appearance and functionality.

If you grind and clench your teeth at night, call Dr. Moiceanu today at (510) 758-7222 to schedule a consultation. Hilltop Family Dental happily treats patients from Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the greater Contra Costa County area.

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